Beth Mitchneck

About Beth Mitchneck

My research focuses on migration and displaced populations as well as on the geography of the former Soviet Union with an emphasis on personal social networks of migrants in Russia and Georgia. I am affiliated with the School of Government and Public Policy.  Over the course of the last 10 years, I have held numerous administrative positions in the college and university, including co-chairing the reaccreditation of the University of Arizona.

Areas of Study

Territorially displaced populations, forced migrants

Social networks of migrants


Republic of Georgia

Russia and the former Soviet Union


Forced Migrants Living in Post-Conflict Situations: Social Networks and Livelihood Strategies, with Joanna Regulska (Rutgers University)

Social and Behavioral Dimensions of National Security, Conflict and Cooperation Program, People, Power, and Conflict in the Eurasian Migration System, PI Cynthia Buckley (Social Science Research Council and University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana) and co-PIs with Blair Ruble (Kennan Institute and Comparative Urban Studies Project, Woodrow Wilson Center)

Research Interests

My research interests are at the intersection of various disciplines within the social sciences related to the everyday experience of people living in territorial displacement, either voluntary or involuntary displacement.  My most recent work has revolved around the human security of those displaced and how detailed information on personal social networks helps to make visible the human and everday experience of displacement.  My research focuses on issues related to the social and economic integration of the displaced and other migrants, how migrants use and create spaces and the impact that has on social network construction, reconstruction, use and wellbeing.  In addition, our research team's focus on socio-spatial analysis of living in displacement has led to an important framing of the research related to gendered uses of space and gendered experiences of displacement.  Our team has also worked to illustrate geographies of displacement as a distinct feature of living in displacement due to violent conflict.

Selected Publications

Displacing Blame: Georgian Internally Displaced Person Perspectives of the Georgia–Abkhazia Conflict, 2012, Ethnopolitics 11:2, 123-140, co-authors Peter Kabachnik and Joanna Regulska.

Traumatic Masculinities: Shifting Gender Roles Of Georgian IDPs From Abkhazia.  Gender, Place and Culture.  2012, co-authors Peter Kabachnik, Magda Grabowski, Joanna Regulska, and Olga Mayorova.

Where and When is Home?  The Double Displacement of Georgian IDPs from Abkhazia, Journal of Refugee Studies. Vol. 23, No. 3, 2010:  315-336, co-authors Peter Kabachnik and Joanna Regulska.

“Post” Conflict Displacement: Isolation and Integration.  Invited submission to the Annals of the Association of American Geographers special issue on Geographies of Peace and Conflict, Vol. 99, No. 5, 2009: 1022-1032, co-authors Olga Mayorova and Joanna Regulska.

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Contact Information

Beth Mitchneck
Professor Emerita


Ph.D., 1990, Geography, Columbia University

Certificate in Soviet Studies, 1990, Columbia University

A.B., 1983, Russian Studies, Bryn Mawr College